Daniel Pantaleo, the cop who choked Eric Garner to death in 2014, is making a reported $120,000 per year since he was placed on desk duty.
According to The Grio’s report, that is roughly $20,000 more than Pantaleo was making prior to murdering Eric Garner.
The cop, who was not charged in the controversial death of the Staten Island father of six, reportedly earned $119,996 from the department in fiscal year 2016, reports the New York Daily News. That’s $20,000 more than he earned before he was placed on modified duty after Garner’s death in July 2014.
Pantaleo also saw a significant pay raise in 2015, which began just weeks before Garner was killed during an arrest over selling loose cigarettes.
That year, Pantaleo made $105,061 with overtime, according to reports.
In fiscal year 2014, his base pay was reportedly $76,488, but made a total of $99,915 with overtime while working undercover.
I would like to know how the NYPD can justify allowing Pantaleo to continue to remain an officer, yet alone giving him a raise. The raise Pantaleo received is more than many Americans make in an entire year. This entire situation is troubling. It says that you can kill an innocent man, keep your job and be rewarded for you horrific actions.
The Grio continues with:
Garner’s daughter, Erica Garner, slammed the city and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over the revelation, including the city’s refusal to release disciplinary records for Pantaleo.
“This seems like movies. A bad one. No justice, no records, mayor tells me all lives matter. Pantaleo gets a bonus,” she tweeted.
Advocates and local officials also criticized the department for the officer’s overtime surge.
“It’s the epitome of an insult to New Yorkers in general, and particularly those of us who have stood by the Garner family,” said Rev. Al Sharpton. “I’m not only concerned about this raise. I’m concerned why is he even on the force?”
Do you feel that there is any justification for giving this man a $20,000 per year raise? Should he even be a police officer still?
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